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Virginia sees spike in calls to hotlines for domestic violence

Calls to hotlines increased by 76% statewide in March.

NORFOLK, Va. — Phone calls to emergency hotlines for domestic violence have spiked in the state of Virginia as people stay at home during the coronavirus epidemic. 

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported Sunday that calls to hotlines increased by 76 percent statewide in March. 

That’s according to the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. The group compiles data on shelter services for 65 facilities. 

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The alliance also said that about 1,000 people have sought overnight shelter from domestic violence. 

Shelters are also having to adjust operations because of the virus. For instance, hotel rooms are being used to house more people. In-person support groups are also being canceled.

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If you or anyone you know is facing domestic violence and needs help, call the Samaritan House hotline at 757-430-2120 and they will coordinate assistance.

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